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'Wonderful' repair offer after Bude sea pool is damaged in storm

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

  • DAMAGE: In front of their beach hut at Crooklets beach in Bude with doors blown off are Rachel Barton-Coates with her children Ned, Daisie and Felicity.

  • POOL PROBLEMS: The damaged railings at Bude Sea Pool.

  • SMASHED: The bent railings at Bude Sea Pool.

  • People were out on monday surfing on Bude canal. Pic by Paul Hamlyn. For more info contact Peter Vickery 07855 735 420.

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THE STORMS and huge swells left beach huts and the Bude sea pool damaged – but the time of adversity has also thrown up a good Samaritan.

Seaside beach huts were wrecked and the railings around Bude Sea Pool were wrenched from the concrete by the massive waves which crashed into the structure during one of the worst storms for a generation.

However, Julian Walford, of the Stainless Steel Studio, based at Bilston in the Midlands, has offered to replace the railings to a higher standard than those currently there.

"He has offered to do the repairs and fit marine standard steel. It is a wonderful, wonderful offer," said Paul Tilzey, chairman of the pool's friends group.

"The storm has thrown up something good. We are very grateful."

Mr Walford said he and his family come regularly to Bude and love the sea pool.

"The pool is dear to the heart of me and my family. When the storm calms down we will come down and take a look at what is required."

The front row of beach huts at Crooklets, owned by Cornwall Council and let to summer tenants, have been badly damaged with walls smashed to pieces by the force of the waves.

Peter Vickery and his wife, Denise, who share a hut with Ali Humphries, say their beach hut is wrecked.

"The waves took the front walls, they have completely gone," said Mr Vickery.

"All the belongings were scattered over the beach."

The huts are rented from Cornwall Council for between £600 and £700 a year.

Some of the information and health and safety signage has also been washed away.

"There is a chance that these will wash back up onto the beaches, so if anyone finds them it would be great if they could be returned to the pool to see if anything can be salvaged," said Sarah Thomas, of the friends.

"Luckily, the main structure seems intact.

"Extra care must be taken until the railings are replaced."

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